What do 600 people in the audience, 75+ volunteers, twelve keynote speakers, several performing artists and workshop hosts have in common? They were all present at the fourth edition of the TEDxAmsterdamED event, with the unique opportunity to create a full day environment to rethink education. The main topic of this year’s edition was #BorntoLearn and lifelong learning.
A new and exciting addition to the TEDxAmsterdamED event this year was the highly interactive learning program for the audience. While past editions of the event have also included a large dose of interactive aspects during the breaks, this year, the #BorntoLearn theme was supercharged with learning opportunities for all participants.
What could be more exciting than brainstorming solutions to the hottest education challenges in the Netherlands on board a boat, cruising the Amsterdam canals in the beautiful sunshine?
The illness and subsequent passing of his friend Jip encouraged Arjan to completely turn his life around. Together with David de Kock he founded 365dagensuccesvol.nl, an initiative aimed at making the Netherlands the happiest place in the world by 2020. In his workshop, Arjan shows the participants which steps they can take to discover and reach their goals.
As an author and co-founder at 365DagenSuccesvol.nl in Amsterdam, Arjan Vergeer was once upon a time a very ‘successful’ man. His apparent happiness and the early departure of a good friend triggered in him a wake up call: how to make the most out of his life and help others find their voice along the way? Together with David de Kock, they have the mission to make the Netherlands the happiest country in the world by 2020. Arjan will be leading a workshop on April 20th, so we asked him a few questions to get to know him better.
When I first arrived at the Startup Weekend Education Amsterdam, I thought I would be there as an observer. In reality, it was much more than this!
TEDxAmsterdamED has made a notable appearance on the Amsterdam Mamas education-focused podcast series with the founder and curator, Jessika Lynch, as well as 2015 speaker, Dylan Hyman, appearing on the freshly-released episode #13.
The quest for ideas with impact on education continues!
After a successful first edition with over 100 entries, the TEDxAmsterdamED Award is back!
Inspiring the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow has been a major theme in Karolina Stawinska’s work to date. For one of her most recent projects - Our Future World – she focuses on inspiring children to dream big and empowering them to create their own future. We spoke to Karolina to find out what she hopes to achieve through her Talk at the 2016 edition of TEDxAmsterdamED.
We proudly introduce the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award! For this year's award we are looking for ideas that connect to the 2016 theme of the event - #BornToLearn.
This could be an opportunity for initiatives, changemakers or organisations that are breaking ground in education and/or lifelong learning and wish to share their innovative solutions with the world.
The fourth edition of TEDxAmsterdamED, with the theme ‘Born To Learn’, will be held on April 20th 2016 in Theater Amsterdam.
The pace of life today can be overwhelming, focused on achieving a long list of things, but rarely pausing to ask ‘why’. That is how Jurriën Mentink felt about his life until he got the opportunity to move into the Humanitas Retirement Home in Deventer at the start of his university studies. He got to live there for free in exchange for 30 hours volunteering with the elderly residents. But he got a lot more than he ever expected - thanks to his neighbours he now has a completely different perspective on life.
Jacquelien is 82 years old. She has been a lawyer, a professor and a senator, but at a high age she embarked on a completely new career path: she became a performer. In this piece (in Dutch) she shares her story through song and dance and even gets the audience to sing along! What an inspiration!
The goal of Studio Moio, founded by Nathalie Lecina, is to re-motivate young people from vocational education or on the verge of dropping out. These youngsters are referred to the Studio either when they are not successful in finding an internship, or are referred by a school due to poor attendance. With a simple motto - that every person has a value - Studio Moio matches their unique values and abilities to a societal issue that needs a solution. These young people, drawing on their own vulnerabilities, bring a completely fresh perspective to solving these issues and in the process help both themselves and those they create solutions for.
‘What is your dream from the future?’ Often, the first and last time that a child is asked this fundamental question is very early in their education journey - by the ‘friendship book’ that many children in the Netherlands fill out while in primary school. But it is one of the most powerful questions a child can be asked to motivate them to unleash their inner potential. Inspired by a powerful story of an African girl striving for her dreams, and in the face of impossible hardship, achieving them, Karolina was motivated to cofound Our Future World. The organisation works worldwide to inspire children to strive for their dreams and instil hope for the future in their lives. And this is where teachers can play a crucial role - by helping children to uncover and visualise their goals, so that they can find their purpose, create something of value and live truly meaningful lives.
The call for applications for the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award was answered by over 90 applicants! From these, 15 were invited to join the Award Pitch day on April 1st, where they first received further training to improve their pitches and then presented them to a panel of judges. From this incredible bunch, three ideas were chosen to present at the main event on April 20th - Daniel Haven from ProctorExam, Nathalie Lecina from Studio Moio and Michel Visser from Konnektid.com. The Award Ceremony was hosted by Drew Wackerling and the winner chosen by an online vote from the audience, watching live or via the livestream. Nathalie Lecina, engaging demotivated students and drop-outs to come up with innovative solutions to social problems, was this year’s winner! She garnered support for Studio Moio from both the audience on the day, and TEDxAmsterdamED partners thereafter, to help her develop and grow the program further. Congratulations Nathalie!
Isabella is a high school student with a powerful message about the state of the education system. She started her learning journey at the bright age of 4, excited and motivated by what school and her teachers had to offer. But as the years progressed, her joy in learning diminished, with true learning and discovery being taken over by a focus on numbers, grades, results. In her inspiring talk, Isabella points out what the true purpose of education is and how she would like her future daughter to experience it.
Christine comes to TEDxAmsterdamED from Berlin. She works as a leadership coach and change facilitator across the world. In working with leaders and innovators she has discovered the three C's for staying open and connected to possibilities: Curiosity: constantly asking what the next question is. Compassion: the capacity to connect to yourself and others. Courage: the capacity to face the challenges in life, to find one's meaning and purpose. Christine feels that we need mentors, teachers and leaders, to help us find our inner values and our three C's and make transformations happen.
Education is all about trust - trust in the teacher. According to Jemer Evers a true change in education can only happen by ‘flipping the system’ - giving teachers the power and responsibility to build it. After all, they are the ones that can have the real impact by focusing on what they can do for a child, and not on what a child can do for a school. It boils down to government ministers asking, ‘what do my teachers need?’ and the teachers in turn asking, ‘what do my students need?’ All this can be driven by answering the question: ‘what is the purpose of education?’